Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor ratings war kicks off!

Fern Britton (Strictly Come Dancing)

The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing prepare to kick off their yearly ratings battle tomorrow night, and there's already a war of words between the two sides!

While both shows aren't looking set to clash just yet, there's going to be plenty of comparing between the amounts of viewers they both pull.

Strictly used to triumph over The X Factor in the early years but the ITV1 series fought back and overtook the dancing contest with its new line up in 2008 that included Cheryl Cole.

Last year however The X Factor dipped, with Strictly managing a rare win in the Saturday night ratings feud for a couple of weeks.

With The X Factor having declined even more this series - with less than 8 million viewers for last Saturday's show - it's possible for Strictly to return to the top.

But Louis Walsh isn't bothered!

He quipped: "That's on the other channel. Listen, X Factor's the biggest show on TV."

However Strictly host Sir Bruce Forsyth hit back: "They (The X Factor) have been starting at 8 o'clock, which is very interesting.

"They've never started at 8 o'clock before so maybe they're giving 6pm to 8pm to us?

"I don't know what their thing is," concedes Forsyth, "but it was very interesting a couple of weeks ago that they didn't go in on our ground."

Strictly Come Dancing co-producer Glenn Coomber has revealed that bosses are keen to avoid any direct clashes between the series.

"Our schedule isn't set yet," he told the BBC Radio 1 news website. "It's not something that we would be pursuing really, no."

The X Factor 2012 airs tomorrow night at 8:10PM on ITV1. Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One at 6:30PM.

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